Frog of the Week

Cricket Coqui (Eleutherodactylus gryllus)

Cricket Coquí (Eleutherodactylus gryllus)
photo by Luis J. Villanueva-Rivera

Common Name: Cricket Coqui and Puerto Rican Green Frog
Scientific Name: Eleutherodactylus gryllus
Family: Eleutherodactylidae
Locations: Puerto Rico
Size: 0.6 inches (16 mm)

The Cricket Coqui is one of the two arboreal species of Coquis. They spend their days hiding in bromeliad plants on tree trunks and during the night, they become active to forage and mate. The females lay their eggs in the axis of the bromeliads where the eggs will develop directly into froglets.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List assesses the Cricket Coqui as Critically Endangered. Extensive deforestation in the past has limited the frogs to only areas of high elevation in El Yunque National Forest. However, the frogs are still not on the federal government endangered species list. Its not even listed as threatened. Why? No idea why no one cares.

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